08 July 2011
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
SEK 30 million to Horn of Africa and Sudan
"In view of the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and in Sudan, Sweden is now allocating additional humanitarian support to the region to help people in distress," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.
The humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa is steadily deteriorating. The worst drought in 60 years, in combination with ongoing conflicts, have resulted in an imminent famine and continued refugee flows from Somalia to primarily Kenya, and now even to Ethiopia. At the same time, the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in a number of areas, both in Sudan and South Sudan. The Government has therefore decided to allocate SEK 30 million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and their operations in the region. The funds comprise part of Sweden's core contribution to the UNHCR, which amounts to SEK 613 million in 2011.
"The humanitarian situation in the region is very disturbing. Sweden is ready to allocate additional humanitarian support if the crises deteriorate," says Ms Carlsson.
The Government has already given extensive humanitarian aid to Sudan and the countries of the Horn of Africa earlier in 2011. Support to Somalia in 2011 already exceeds the total amount of humanitarian aid that Sweden gave Somalia in 2010. Prior to the latest decision of SEK 30 million, support to Sudan amounted to a total of SEK 273 million, and a total of SEK 325 million in humanitarian assistance to the countries of the Horn of Africa. The humanitarian aid is channelled via UN bodies, the International Red Cross and NGOs.